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  • A good article with a lot of points against OOXML, and why this file format MUST BE REJECTED by the ISO National Bodies.

    Microsoft’s position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS 29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position Microsoft’s OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short, Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will allow it to push through a specification which elevates its own interests over that of truly competitive, open international standards.  

    A Deluge of Facts KOs OOXML (Office Open XML)

     

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    SUSE 9.0
    a desktop review
    My experience installing Linux and some throughts...
    When you finish this article, You may want to read the round 2 HERE

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2003 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    -> this page is getting bigger and bigger with the time, I will also start soon a SUSE section and divide this page into smaller sections.

    I decide to buy the professional edition instead of downloading all cd from ftp.suse even if I have a 2MB internet line. You must support company like Suse or Mandrake which develop linux distributions and buy their package. All versions or patchs can be acquire freely and download from their FTP or HTTP mirror..

    If you still hesitate about Linux, I would recommend You to try a Live Eval of Linux. A live eval is a set of applications and a fully functionnal Linux (nearly 2Gb) compressed on 1 CD and It does not require a hard disk to start!

    * Knoppix live cd, the fastest and first version, highly recommended since Divx, DVD, NTFS drive are recognized as default.
    "KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." fromwww.knoppix.net

    You can use knoppix and have a home on USB disk. K, Knoppix, Configuration, Create Persistent home dir, then boot with the option:
    knoppix home=scan

      *Gnoppix live cd
    "Gnoppix is a linux live cd based upon Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody). It can be compared to Knoppix but GNOPPIX uses GNOME as desktop environment." from
    http://www.gnoppix.org/faq/index.html
    * Suse live cd which did not convince me at all, this bootable cd take too much time and user interaction to initialized itself: more than five minutes are required. Moreover NTFS drive are not recognized.
    * Mandrake Move live cd was developed to work with a USB stick to save user data permanently. This is another step for Linux, you can take any PC in the world, insert this CD, restart it and have a runnable Linux system and tools you're familiar with.
      * Pclinux review
    "PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview 4 is a live Knoppix style cd based on Mandrake 9.2 that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2 GB worth of system and programs on one CD
    including a complete X server, KDE 3.1.4 and Gnome 2.4, and large packages like OpenOffice 1.1final and Mozila 1.5 plus plugins. Since it runs solely off the CD, PCLinuxOS makes an excellent portable Linux demo or system rescue disk, but its completeness makes it a good general purpose desktop as well. PCLinuxOS should work on most modern computer hardware. Recommended memory to run is 256mb or more."
      * GeeXbox turns your PC into a dedicated media player. It boots a version of the Linux kernel, and then uses the popular mplayer to allow you to play DVDs, VCDs, or regular audio CDs. It also allows you to play pretty much any multimedia file from your hard drive, and can mount Samba shares as well. Best of all, the ISO is a mere 4.3 megabytes...
    Download it HERE
      After knoppix...welcome flonix
    "a linux system that can reside on a USB key!!!! (use less than 60Mo). It is based on knoppix and let you start linux everywhere if you can boot on USB!
    You can:
    - play dvd, burn CD, watch and edit pictures, scan, browse internet,
    word processing, sync a Palm PDA,
    read PDF files, start a webserver and more....
    read more here:
    http://linuxdocs.tuxfamily.org/flonix/doc/wakka.php?wiki=EnPresentation

    * can be download freely

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop  

    My Background:

    Can be read HERE and my experience with Linux? I am using Cygwin with ssh at work to connect to the HPUX development system, deployment, release management is done with ANT and bash scripts.So I am only a user but I use to write some FAQs in the past when I was using Linux at highschool (a small part is reproducedHERE, sorry it is in french ).

    My collegues ofXDreamTeam have installed a SUSE on a dual AMD64 Opteron server, and they will write a review soon.

    Some sentences you may hear about Linux:

    Linux user interface is ugly, Xp is better!
    Who can still says this?, look at this KDE 3.2 pictures

    (click to enlarge). KDE default user interface for Ark Linux, Conectiva, Knoppix, Lindows,
    Lycoris, Mandrake Linux, SUSE Linux, TurboLinux and Xandros.

    Moreover you can choose another desktop manager, instead of KDE, a lot of people prefer Gnome. If you still can't live without Windows, try this windows manager under linux http://www.xpde.com/index.php

    Suse (or Linux in general) is difficult to use!
    Not so much, in fact the tool YAST: "Yet Another Setup Tool" do a great job when dealing with the configuration of your computer, softwares and hardware can be configured in a hierarchical control panel. I found it even better than the equivalent of "Windows world". What can be disturbing is the organisation of files and program on disk. I would say that someone who never use Windows before will have the same learning curve and encounter more or less the same difficulties with linux, the only drawback I see is that no so much friends can help you (and give you tools for which you have no licence ;-) ) since Linux as a desktop is not so much floating around. Now if you are a Windows user like me (since 10 years), you will encounter some difficulties, I prefer to say "forget some bad Windows habits", like

    • Windows make no differences between upper and lower case filename, but Linux does! which is normal because we also make this distinction when we write letters and office documents.
    • Windows use drive letter and this is a pain to maintain especially when you need to configure software, Linux use a directory base mapping, symbolic links can be created on files or directories. Example: 2 documents folders can have different name but point to the same folder:
      For example you have a website which is located in a directory "MywebsiteV1.12" and you want to have only one reference in all program that use your homepage (typically in configurations files), all you have to do is to open a terminal and type:
      ln -s MywebsiteV1.12 httpdocs

      and use everywhere httpdocs instead of the path to MywebsiteV1.12in configuration files. The same apply if you want to alias office documents or media files (reference the same file under different names but always use the same target)
      this is a lot more powerful than the Window's shortcuts.

    • Windows has a limited command line size, and limited number of subdirectories.
    • Even on XP, you must sometimes restart your PC because the program XX has freeze and can not be terminate.
      Bill Gates said in an interview: "instability do not come from Windows itself, but merely from applications installed" For Me, a good OS must protect the user/itself from system crashing, XP isn't good at this, Linux is a little better.
      On Unix a # kill -9 pidProcess has a lot of chance to succeed and you can even restart some part of the system, without restarting the whole (restart the network server or the soundcard). Try also CTRL-ALT- ESC to kill graphically a process!

    Why choosing Linux now?

    http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/switchsuccess.html A very good article, how you can switch with success and what your motivation can be

    Here are the personal reasons why I am switching to Linux, You may find a lot of website which may present You better arguments:

    • Suse (replace with any Linux distribution) come with a lot of applications (= packages) to do almost everything, not all of them are of the same qualities, or can be compared to commercial applications, but in linux world they do not require any licences! (some of them are freeware, giftware, shareware through)
    • I want to live in a world where, I can search and solve problems instead of restarting the machine which is for me not a solution....(I am a developer and like challenges, restarting is like loosing a race fsor me) yeah as today 16.12.2003 I am FREE with LINUX, even if this freedom will have a cost (a relative complexity in usage at the beginning)
    • Virus threat, less virus are living in Unix world. At least till today.
    • You can still run Windows and Linux together thank to a great multi boot menu (no System commander, Partition Magic, old text based LILO required)
    • Real Multi users system, program are running with user right privileges.
    • Linux is gaining market place, I do not want to loose connection with the market reality.
    • The community is extraordinary! they develop at a speed never seen before, even If I am convince that too much project are started and do the same things with more or less success . Look at Mono (.NET platform on Linux) which already support 99% of .NET ASP. Ximian (acquired at the beginning of 2003 by Novell and Suse) will continue to support the effort of Mono development.
    • Linux is modular, there is like 120 distributions, 30 are dying per year and are replace instantly. Look at Flonix (Linux on a USB stick 64Mo, burning, browsing internet, webserver, GUI), or Knoppix ("From zero to GNU linux in five Minutes") this is great. Linux can be start on nearly all plattform (portability) and does not require good machine (Windows Longhorn will require 1Gb of memory (dixit Microsoft) so understand 2Gb to work flawlessy).
      Linux was first developed for 32-bit x86-based PCs (386 or higher). These days it also runs on Compaq Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC, Sun UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH, IBM S/390, MIPS, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64 , CRIS architectures. This includes Handled, celullar phone, gaming station like Xbox, Dreamcast.
    • Everything is free, thanks to the open source community: Apache is the best/most used webserver, Tomcat the best servlet runner. Of course, the open source community has to find now a economical model. I am convince that developing is like speaking, you can not stop people to talk or think.
    • Each days, I enjoy the use of CygWin under windows (for developing or maintaining this homepage), combining unix tools like: grep, sed, awk, and others...using ssh is now natural and I am feeling sad when I must start the poor Windows command.com terminal.
    • I am using products from the open source coomunitysince 3 years now, at work: mainly the Apache Fundation and their frameworks, at home a lot of tools: virtual dub, videolan, GIMP,... and this all under Windows 2000. I am totaly satisfied by these tools, so why not replacing also windows by a totally free and open source system.
    • I can install Suse Linux everywhere (on all PC I have, currently 3 desktop) and has no annoying licence scheme or registration process and even give it to friends as long as I give it for free.
    • There is a difference between "choice" and "apparence of choice", before choosing an OS (Operating System) was easy:

    - On one side Windows, which cover more than 90% of the market, is shipped with new PC, has many softwares of good qualities. All your friends (normal users not geek), companies or your office, are certainly running under Windows. This is good but you do not install Windows because it is your choice, you install it because it is common to install it.

    - On the other side, alternatives OS: Mac, Linux, BeOS (I am also a big fan of BeOS) are installed by people who want to try something different, (remember the moto "think different" from Mac corp). Geek users accept some instabilities because they want to improve the system, or even help at the source code level. End users give a try or installed it at home because they discover it at their universities.

    This was before, before mean "Linux without good support of hardware ( I remember installing Mandrake 9.0 and fighting 10 minutes to find a USB driver for my Microsoft mouse), without good desktops manager (Now this time is over thanks to KDE and Gnome), without a huge base of applications" Now this is slowly changing, On the server side, there is already a big change, HP, IBM and major actors are now committed to Linux and that is great. Now you have the choice, because now you can hesitate between Linux and Windows and/or even dual boot both (It has never been so easy as today because dual boot is integrated in many Linux distributions)

    SUSE home for the version 9.0 is http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/index.html
    SUSE has a page which present 10 reasons to choose Linux Suse http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/10_reasons.html
    SUSE has also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page here: http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/faqs/index.html

    Choose a file system
    ext2 or ext3 or ??? a good articles can be found here:http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs

    Installation

    Great menu everywhere for installing the OS, 10s after having insert the CD (and choosing a resolution with F2 - default is 1280x1024), the linux Kernel is loaded and guide you through the installation process.

    Personnaly what I dislike is the number of "package" (understand application, with strange name and strange revision number) given, like 10 tools to do the same task...I know I do not want to see any new Microsoft take the advantage under linux, but why the open source community does not concentrate on GUI. A user will remember that the GUI was horrible even if the program has done its job. That is my point of view. As a developer, I do not care but as an end user....

    I decide to install everything, this take nearly 3 Gb of hard disk, Yes it is much but do not forget that XP take alone 1.2Gb without any office, photoshop, and so on. In this case the installation took 37 minutes, too long? You can also send complaint to hard disk manufacturer!

    The partition manager compute the best option depending on your configuration, in my case I reserved 80Gb for Suse but on my secondary disk. By default linux want to modify the primary disk (and move windows data if needed), I switch to manual mode and only say click on "use everything" of the second disk. YAST then install then a small graphical boot manager on disk 1. This allow me at boot to start Windows if it is needed.

    One page display a resume of all settings choosen, you may change the value of each section by clicking on the topic title. No technical words at all, You must only choosing some options in selection boxes.

    Due to the huge number of Linux tools, you must also deal with 5 cd or one double face DVD, each disk may copy data during 15 minutes depending on options you have selected. (I forget to say that my CD drive is an old 16X). The estimated time to complete installation is quite accurate.

    After completing the first disk the system restart and continue on CD2, a windows show you the list of package copied in realtime, you must just wait (Suse is made of more than 7000 packages or programs).

    The system asks then for the root password, You can use the whole keyboard layout (letters, numbers, special characters) except accent (éà è) and umlaut (öüë), I choose a highly complex root paswword and write it down, till I have time learn it. Some word about security, program on unix system are running under user privileges, that mean that a potential virus MAY only destruct your data, and no data of others users (most of Unix virus try to replace some binary executable to gain a higher level access or may install a trojan horse)

    The 2 integrated networks card were detected automatically (mainboard ASUS nforce 2 desluxe has a 3COM and Nvidia 100MB network card),

    The system then ask if you want to download new packages and security upgrades from internet. This is higly recommended. No compagny in the world can ship a perfect code, this is True even in Linux world. I am pretty convince bugs handling is better in opensource paradigm, because nearly all users can see the source code (OK, I admit NO all users are developers, but there is a lot of great skilled developer which in their spare time review code, not to speak about university students which may have a lot of time :-) ). On the other side, take any business compagny:

    • They first try to reproduce the bugs and know how many users are affected (which is OK),
    • Worse, They try to minimize effects resulting of a bug (to avoid some political problems with clients, but correct the bug as fast as possible in the background),
    • They speak about money all the time (but I am happy to get paid as a developer ;-) ), can we ship in delay? can we not correct this for the next release?

    In opensource world, Linux developer consider this as a hobby and may try to correct everything or at least move the delivery date.

    Back to the installation, I choose stand alone, because I do not want to use this linux box as a server. In Mandrake, this is a little better, since you can choose the security level: (Mandrake install may activate the firewall for You during the install), or block installation of some packages which can help a hacker (like ssh, webserver, VNC).

    I strongly recommend You to deactivate auto login, security come always at a cost, I do not want that somebody simply restart the computer to gain access to my data and read private documents: Yes you will have to enter your password at each restart. Password is limited to 8 characters...which is somehow strange The password length is limited to 8 character because the default password encryption methd is set to DES (most compatible but SUSE also allow md5 or blowfish which have no length limit but at the cost of more cpu power and the loss of backward compatibility across other systems or old software). You can change this underYast - Security and Users Password settings

    Finally the release note of suse 9.0 is displayed, You can read it to be sure that nothing has changed since the manual printout.

    YAST, then dectect hardware and set a graphical resolution.

    ATTENTION, always use the test button to validate any refresh rate and resolution before applying changes, otherwise you may have a black screen at the next logon! If it ever happen, the only way is to reboot and choose "safe mode", logging as root, go to /etc/X11 and open the file X86Config....or rename the previous backup done by YAST (backup named X86Config.YAST). I have also done this mistake

    Choose "safe mode" in booting menu
    logging using user root
    # cd X11/etc
    rename the old X86Config to X86Config.old
    # mv X86Config X86Config.old
    then restore the YAST backup if it exist
    # mv X86Config.YAST X86Config
    CTRL-D
    or type Exit
    restart the PC

    Manual upgrade of all drivers to the their latest status
    In my case I went to www.nvidia.com and download all latest rpm (rpm are like setup.exe in windows world),

    To resume: Suse has now a very good and reliable installation system. YAST is now mature, detection of most hardware is good (at least on my system). I think it is even easier to install SUSE than an equivalent Windows system, mainly because partiioning is better support in YAST

    How to install RPM

    There is many ways to install RPM. In facts, choose the one you prefer. Note that you must be loogged as root to install any application.

    Method 1: With Konqueror: click on RPM filename and after the download completion right click and choose "install packet with YAST"
    Methhod 2,3,4,5 can be found on this page http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/04/wessels_packageinst.html

    Install divx codecs and drivers

    For some legal issues, SUSE can not deliver Divx drivers in the distribution, but they can be download at www.divx.com/divx/linux/
    This internet page propose binary version of all major Linux program http://packman.links2linux.org

    One of the best player can be found at www.xinehq.de , Caffeine (installed as default) is only a frontend GUI and use the runtme libs from Xine.

    Emulation

    You can use one of the following to use some of your windows applications: www.winehq.comand for directX games www.transgaming.com (even without recompiling the game!!!) and this even without installing Windows! Vmware www.vmware.com is a commercial alternative but required a fully licensed windows images. MORE TO COME...

    Killer apps

    These applications are installed as default,
    Open Office (OO), which can open nearly all Microsoft office documents, GUI is not as good as MS Office but it do the job. Some powerpoint made with MS Office have some strange alignment, but MS Office represent correctly document created with OO.
    GIMP a program for manipulating 2D images (like photoshop), run also on Windows because of the porting of GTK (open source 2D library)

    from www.gimp.org in about the GIMP

    This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone,etc.
    Tile based memory managent so image size is limited only by available disk space.
    Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
    Full alpha channel support
    Layers and channels
    A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
    Advanced scripting capabilities
    Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
    Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
    Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool.
    Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format.
    Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
    File formats supported include gif, jpg, png, xpm, tiff, tga, mpeg, ps, pdf, pcx, bmp, and many others.
    Load, display, convert, save to many file formats.
    Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
    Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
    Over 100 plugins already available.
    Supports custom brushes and patterns
    Much, much more!


    Playing DVD, MP3, all tasks can de done under Suse without having any licence!!!! I recommend you to donate some money to the authors if you like their programs (so that they can pay their homepage hosting at least)
    Opera Opera is a religion. All those features, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, embedded mail client, drag-around panels, skins, GREAT standards-support, it's so fast, easyness of bookmarking, the "magic-wand"... and the list goes on and on...It is not open source but I like it so much.

    Files manager

    I am a big fan since 1991 of Norton Commander (I was using NC 1.0 on floppy disk), In windows I am usingWindows Commander a lot to order million of files.
    http://www.rmonet.com/commander/ This page contains nearly all file commander clones of Norton Commander.
    http://www.xnc.dubna.su/ XNC 5.0
    http://krusader.sourceforge.net/

    Forums and Help

    French
    www.linuxfrench.net
    www.linuxquestion.org

    English
    http://librenix.com/ news site on linux
    Great forums

    Others reviewsyou can submit me a new linkHERE

    http://www.unixreview.com/documents/s=8925/ur0310l/
    http://www.arstechnica.com/etc/linux/index.html
    http://madpenguin.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=503
    http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/11/11/1929234
    http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5157
    http://www.linuxnetmag.com/de/issue9/m9rh_suse1.html Suse vs Redhat
    http://www.internetwk.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=17300233

    How to/tutorials

    http://www.usalug.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=8161 Step by step install of SUSE 9.0 using FTP (non need to download and burn the iso's)
    http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~secollet/ Linux on HP Compaq NX7000 (that's my notebook at work)

    Links

    http://distrowatch.com/index.php?language=EN "This site is an attempt to provide a basic feature list and a package comparison table of major, minor and regional Linux distributions"

    Links with reference to this article

    When you finish this article, You may want to read theround 2 HERE

  • SUSE 9.1
    a desktop review
    installing and/or migration to Linux SuSE 9.1

    WORK IN PROGRESS, running SuSE 9.1 since tuesday 11 May 2004....
    SuSE 9.1 soon running on compaq nx7000 notebook

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2004 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, TheLinux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Maxtor USB/Firewire onetouch 250Gb
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.1 and the KDE 3.2.2 desktop  

    What does SuSE 9.1 brings?

    I wont go through the list of changes and goodies shipped in this release sinceSuSE itself has also a great pageHERE (professional edition) andHERE (personal edition). Note that SuSE is selling at a very attracting price the personal edition (49$) with limited server capabilities and no commercial programs.

    beautifulDesktop.jpg
    beautifulDesktop.jpg

    Migration from 9.0 to SuSE 9.1

    This time I retrieve the SuSE professional DVD from colleague and did not buy it, as I prefer to wait for another major release. But wait this is a major release ofLinux, I think that the release number is really not so well adequate and do not reveal the number of changes does both in kernel (2.6) and desktop (kde 3.2)

    If you copy the DVD, You will get no support from SuSE directly (but you will always find help on internet), also a great help section is provided in electronic format, downside it wont be readable without a working SuSE.. FTP online update is due around the 6 June 2004....

    Since I have a running version of
    Linux, I decide this time to update the previous SuSE 9.0 through the YaST menu (Boot and choose Update System), after 21 min update, I was booting into my new desktop with my old settings. The boot time seems to take forever, it "SEEMS" to me that it is a loooot slower.

    With this version, SuSE and Novell are now showing us their commitment to the open source community and have alsoGNU their famous configuration tool: YaST. This is also a strategical move since they want that the maximal number of third companies develop new modules for it (IBM,....). That is a good news since a lot of people always complains on the licensing scheme of YaST. In the meantime, YaST is now a lot more polished...understand the ubiquity of the YaST logo and eye candy colors. Even the installation process has been redesigned with fancy graphics.

    YouInPaleBlue.jpg
    YouInPaleBlue.jpg

    Coming from Windows?

    - In order to help users to make the transition to Linux, drives (in Linux world, it is better to say devices) are a now stored under the famous icons "My Computer" and mount a lot more faster than under the 9.0. I only regret that the system choose so bad name as default (Is it needed to display a cryptic UUID in the name of devices????).

    myComputer.jpg
    myComputer.jpg

    - Dual Booting Windows and SuSE is as easier as before, and has not changed. the boot loader grub with its fancy colors is a lot better than M$ one. That should at least convince You to make a try ;-)

    - SuSe is now earlier hiding, during the boot, all ouput statements done by the kernel. I must agree that nearly no one can understand all barbarians technical terms, I still recommend to press sometimes the key 'F2' to newbies, seeing if a devices did not init. may be valuable under certains conditions. (mainly hardware crash)

    - the most disturbing things for a newcomer is that you do not need to double click on folder or file to do an action, to approach the windows phylosophy, go the KDE control panel, in  "peripherals", "mouse", and checked the radio button "Double-click to open files and folders (select icons on first click)". Maybe SuSE should set this as default...

    - During installation, the auto login feature is checked as default. Forget this bad windows habit. If SuSe is already login the system automatically, start YaST, in "security", "Edit and create groups", select your user and click on button "Expert Options" and select "login settings", uncheck "auto login". Remember security come at a cost.

    What I dislikes

    • I was one more time catch by the death black screen, (I must be really dumb because that is the second time ) the autodetection of monitor (my SAMSUNG 191N was detected as SAMSUNG 4N) lead to a black screen, Maybe SuSE, should always test (with SAX2, the graphical display adapter cntrol panel of course) what it has autodetect and ask the user to confirm the detected settings.
    • Icons in the taskbar are a little bit oversized as default, bigger and it look like a desktop for kids who need to click on big icons in order not to click beside :-)
    • DVD playback is still not working (but in Knoppix, and Lindows it is), one more time You will have to hunt for the library libdvdcss2 (packman is no more providing binary rpm, you must compile them now due to a change in germany).
      Here you can find a tutorial and ALL library for XINE (with libdvdcss2) Daily xine RPMS
    • Since SuSE is a big supporter of Reiserfs, why not providing a graphical tool for repairing devices? with a expert system? one more time typing some cryptic commands may discourage a lot of users.
    • Impossible to write on NTFS drive, I have not found any captive rpm for SuSE 9.1.
    • Packages conflicts....why not embeding apt-rpm? or providing always package statically compiled in order to avoid dependancies?

    What I like

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    What I like/dislikes

    • The default install provide a lot less user choice: only one chating system (Kopete) instead of the plethore in SuSE 9.0
    • No 3D hardware installation as default, you need to complete the installation and then in YaST grab the latest proprietary Nvidia/ATI drivers. It is only annoying.
    • YaST warn You of conflicts and dependancies but do not propose a "real" alternative, either "do not install" or "continue with risk of instability", why not:
      • Adding a third possibility: "download the missing dependancy now" or
      • Propose a UUID link on which user can click to locate the ressource (through a UDDI server), normal users don't want to write down the name of some library libdvdcss2 -1.0.6.7 p23.rpm is a pain to retain !
      • Export the list of dependancies to resolves in a new windows to shows You which library are missing, or has been installed in realtime
      • Do nothing an find a better approach...
    • The only "GOOD" repositories of RPM are not given by SuSE. (understand full of rpm not approved by companies : dvd support, win32 codecs,....) but I think this is common to all distributions: without volunteers building rpm, it will be quite difficult to live in a wwhole linux world, or at least at the beginning since not all users want to know how to compile sources versions of their favorite programs.

    What I would like to see

    • The ability to download any program through YaST (even non free or non supported: codecs,aMule and others), why not like ineclipse having internet page providing a XML descriptor for installing new packages and that YaST can understand?. I mean this can be a great step forward for the average user.

    • Better commitments ofNvidia,Linux can be a great playing plattform if hardware manufacturer develop or give some technical help to the community for improving drivers.

    Exploring Multimedia capabilities:

    • Noatun is no more installed as default, Kaffeine (another interface to the famous XINE multimedia engine) is present but no interesting codecs are installed. Multimedia is, at least for me, UNUSABLE, and you need to quickly install MPLAYER/Kplayer with the full range of codecs if you want to read any DIVX, XVID, Indeo contents... I was searching Kplayer in /opt/kde3/bin/ and in YaST installer, but didnt find it. That's bad! You can find the latest version at sourceforge
      www.sourceforge.net/kplayer

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    mPlayer running with a special skins

    • Inserting a blank CD and K3b pop up and propose You to do your compilation

    • Gimp 2.0 is also included with SuSE Linux Professional, this version 2.0 has a new GUI and nicer icons.

    preliminaryConclusions

    WORK IN PROGRESS, running SuSE 9.1 since tuesday 11 May 2004....

    With SuSE 9.1, you get a high quality distributions, and even if all thecons and drawbacks apply to this new release. It is definitelyworth the update! Suse is getting even better with every release. Novell buying them has it seems already a positive affect with how the applications are running.

    Even if this release is nearly filling all my expectations I am already excited about the future of SuSE, when will the version 10.0 be shipped?

    Links

    http://linux01.gwdg.de/apt4rpm/ how to set up atp 4 rpm for SuSE.

    RPM
    http://packman.links2linux.org/
    http://rpm.pbone.net/
    http://www.suserpms.cjb.net/
    http://guru.linuxbe.org/

     

  • Standard Java Hotswap allows only method body change , which makes it practically unusable. (Here you can find some explanations why and how) This article is all about reloading java code without restart :-)

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    BeOS

    from What is BeOS ?
    "The BeOS offers a new level of price-performance, and a dramatic reduction in the complexity of software development. It is a modern, multithreaded, symmetric multiprocessing true multitasing, protected memory OS with a 64-bit journaling file system delivering the performance required for multimedia applications. The BeOS offers unprecedented user responsiveness, enabling real-time manipulation and feedback capabilities in your applications.

    You can develop for BeOS in C++ using a powerful Object Framework API that gives you a rich set of user interface, 3D, I/O, sound and other widgets. In those instances when the API doesn&39;t give you what you need it&39;s easy to inherit and override to make what you&39;re looking for.

    BeOS is not backwards compatible, ist doesn&39;t support twenty-year-old ideas. But for users involved in digital design, and who need more power than today&39;s operating-systems can deliver, and for developers who are building the tools these people use, the BeOS represents a new field in which to lay down fresh tracks.

    BeOS runs on Intel or AMD based PCs.
    Modern OS
    High-Performance
    Pervasive Multithreading
    True Preemtive Multitasking
    Symmetric Multiprocessing
    Protected Memory
    64-bit Journaling File System
    Object Oriented API
    Client-Server Based Internal Architecture
    Unprecedented User Responsiveness
    Media Optimized
    Real-time Manipulation and Feedback
    Native TCP/IP
    Easy Development
    "

    News and forums

    http://www.beosonline.com  
    http://www.beunited.org/
     beunited.org is an international, non-profit organization working to define and promote open specifications for the delivery of the Open Standards BeOS-compatible Operating System (OSBOS) platform for personal computers in consumer and business environments. The mission of beunited.org is to proliferate these open specifications through the sponsorship of technology, market, user education, and support programs throughout the world.
    http://www.beosjournal.org
     Reporting the news of the BeOS Community
    http://www.bebox.nu/
     Club of BeBox proud owners
    http://www.beosbible.com/  
    http://www.betips.net/ or in french http://betrayer.free.fr/astuces/index.html  

    Free Implementations

    http://www.cosmoe.com/
     Cosmoe is a new user interface that runs on top of the Linux operating system (and soon others). Cosmoe implements a powerful but easy-to-use high-level C++ API that is quite similar to BeOS. In fact, many BeOS programs can be recompiled to run on Cosmoe with little or no changes!
    http://www.blueeyedos.com/
     BlueEyedOS is a BeOS-inspired operating system powered by a Linux kernel.
    The BlueEyedOS APIs are BeOS APIs rewritten with some improvements.
    http://www.openbeos.org
      
    http://www.yellowtab.com/
     YellowTAB formed in order to fill the void created by the demise of Be, Inc., developers of the Be Operating System (short: BeOS) for personal computers.
    Review here http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=3692 and here http://www.beosjournal.org/index.php?ct=r&ru=2003-06-03-zetab5
    Why You Should Support YellowTAB&39;s Zeta www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=3809

    Download

    BeOS Free Download
      
    http://www.bedrivers.com/ A website dedicated to BeOS drivers. To both help users find BeOS drivers and to help would-be BeOS driver devs write drivers for new hardware
    http://www.beosmax.org/main.php BeOS 5 PE Max Edition is like BeOS 5 PE a freeware version. It only contains freeware and shareware demos. All the code it contains is legal under the MIT, GPL or LGPL licenses. There is no charge for the actual BeOS, but there can be a charge for the media on which it is written on. (CD Roms cost about 50cents each).
    http://www.bebits.com/
     Ultimate resource for BeOS software. If there&39;s an application you need, and it exists for the BeOS, then you&39;ve got a better chance of finding it here than anywhere else. We&39;ve put a ton of effort into making BeBits full-featured and easy to use, so feel free to look around!

    "Help Support BeBits!
    We&39;ve survived a long time, but advertising alone doesn&39;t pay much these days and we need to pay the bills! So, any donations/tips that you could spare would be greatly appreciated so we can keep the site up and running." more on
    Donate to Bebits

    Killing App

    http://pixel32.box.sk/
     Pixel32, the powerfull image/animation painting/editing and retouching application available for DOS, Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Linux, BeOS, QNX and Solaris
    http://bekaffe.freeservers.com/ Bringing Java to BeOS

    be.com | bebits.com | bedope.com | begroovy.com | betips.net | lebuzz.com | beforever.com |twisted-thread.com | bebox.nu | beosjournal.org | beosz.com | BeZip | BeTips | BeOS Radio | BeGeistert | Frizbe | BeDrivers | BeUnited | BeEmulated | BeBox Zone | BeOS France | BeClan | IsComputerOn | LeBuzz | ZetaJournal | BeGroovy | OS News | Mensys | JPBE.net | Qube | BeOS Aires | Bug BR | Ubix | BeOS Greece

  • Blogg-X is also using my captcha framework for Joomla.... :-)

    • Blogg-X is a cross platform (Mac OS X and Windows XP) blogging and content management tool for websites based on the Joomla! CMS. With it's built in WYSIWYG editor it allows rich content to be posted onto the front page of your Joomla! site eliminating the need for the internet browser and being logged in. Now also allowing easy updates to already posted content and post deletion. If you want to post content quickly and easily Blogg-X is for you. When combined with AkoCommentPlus from Walter Cedric you have a complete, fast, simple and spam free front page blogging solution for Joomla!
  • Infoworld has an interesting special report online:
    Think high-priced commercial software is your only option? Don't be so sure. Free alternatives are available in a wide range of enterprise software categories, including some that may surprise you.
    • A buyer's guide to open source
    • Open source business intelligence
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    • Open source licensing offers many choices
     
  • cedTag

    CedTag&160; has been updated to version 2.5.3 and correct a lot of bugs and contains some nice features.

    CedTag is the continuation of the GPL component Joomla Tags (www.joomlatags.org), Most of the codehas been rewritten according to the new standard of Joomla 2.5, the component has been greatly extended and most bugs have been removed. I will continue removing, refactoring existing codebase, in order to be able to add new features faster.

    What’s new

    NEW: Auto completion of tags in frontend and backend using jQuery. You can add new tags, search and remove tags without fearing creating duplicates!
    NEW: Joomla ACL support,
    NEW: Add basic support for themes, still need some css correction for optimal results
    NEW:Use confirmation popup windows for all delete/clear operations,
    NEW: New option to switch off tags title in front page,
    NEW: No white background in simple.css for people loving their black background as default,
    NEW: cedTag is now having no warnings/errors in PHP error level E_STRICT
    BUG:&160; I cant disable cedTag on front page when i disable it any thing not change...i want show tags only on full article view...
    BUG:&160; Working update manager: starting at version 2.5.3 you can update with one click in the update manager.
    BUG: Did remove a hack of me for testing -> it was not possible to switch off the add tags button in frontend since i fixcoded to true :-(
    BUG: Correct issue in editor xtd plugin blocking users to edit/view articles in frontend

    Code cleaning

    • Rewrite 90% of all query string to use the $query object api of joomla
    • Did clean the content plugin a lot,

    CedTag is used on this site with more than 5000 tags in 2200 articles.

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

  • cedTag4

    CedTag&160; has been updated to version 2.5.5 and correct a lot of bugs and contains some nice new features.

    CedTag is the continuation of the GPL component Joomla Tags (www.joomlatags.org), Most of the code if not allhas been now rewritten according to the new standard of Joomla 2.5, the component has been greatly extended and most bugs have been removed. I will continue removing, refactoring existing codebase, in order to be able to add new features faster.

    What’s new

    NEW: Wikipedia auto-completion of tag descriptions with Wikipedia&160; OpenSearch API!

    Support more than 40 localized Wikipedia servers (all Wikipedia with more than 100’000 articles)

    العربيةБългарскиCatalàČeskyDanskDeutschEnglishEspañolEsperantoEuskaraفارسیFrançais한국어हिन्दीHrvatskiBahasa IndonesiaItalianoעבריתLietuviųMagyarBahasa MelayuNederlands日本語Norsk (bokmål)PolskiPortuguêsҚазақша / Qazaqşa / قازاقشاRomânăРусскийSlovenčinaSlovenščinaСрпски / SrpskiSuomiSvenskaTürkçeУкраїнськаTiếng ViệtVolapükWinaray中文

    For all termscedtag_wikipediaautofill1

    cedtag_wikipediaautofill2

    or while editing a term

    cedtag_wikipediaautofill3
    NEW:diagnostic page

    cedTag_newDiagnostic
    NEW: tags can also now be automatically inserted when new article is entered from the backend,
    NEW: new configuration settings “Force Existing articles get their tags updated always from article meta keywords at save time” under Tab Tags (default is No)


    NEW: Supporting tags containing many words separated by space: There are normally 5 ways to insert a tag after inputting some text: space, comma, enter, selecting an autocomplete option, or defocusing the widget. Now space now longer save the tag: You can enter tags with space as a result!
    NEW: inline documentation when adding tag in frontend

    cedTag_supportTagsWithSpace

    &160;

    BUG: Code cleaning, according to Joomla standard: my dream is to have this extension accepted in Joomla core! Still a lot of PHP Unit test to be written before submitting this to the mailing list of Joomla developers. Now I use Joomla CodeSniffer&160; and PSR-1 CodeSniffer rules in my day to day development.
    BUG:&160; after click on Template Manager it show this err Fatal error: Class 'UsersHelper' not found in /home/assafir/public_html/administrator/components/com_cedtag/views/css/view.html.php on line 41
    BUG: tags were not inserted automatically from new content article in frontend,
    BUG: it was not possible to use html descriptions
    BUG: missing some http://jqueryui.com images resources

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

  • &160;

    cedTag provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, Joomla categories.

    Warning

    IT IS MANDATORAY TO COMPLETELY REMOVE ALL VERSION < 2.6.0 BEFORE INSTALLING THIS NEW ONE!
    Go to the Extension Manager under the tab Manage, enter in filter "tag", select all and click Actions – Uninstall
    Reason: I did change a lot of folder name and file casing casing to be more Joomla compliant
    Don’t be scared you will not loose any Tags or data from your database! uninstalling do not remove currently any tables!

    New & Noteworthy

    cedThumbnails support in cedTag!

    • cedThumbnails show Related Stories Under Each Post, it is a small widget that appears under each post, linking to related stories from your blog archive,
    • cedThumbnails links to stories that are relevant and interesting to readers of a particular post, keeping them engaged with your blog, and increasing your traffic!

    You can now use Tags from cedTag to display related articles in Joomla. You can choose either

    • CedThumbnails&160; (require extension CedThumbnails)
    • Joomla - using Meta-Keywords

    cedtag_2-6-1_relatedarticles

    Maintenance Page

    This new page will let you perform basic maintenance operations. Feel Free to ask for more operations using the support channel (Forums or Feedback (UserVoice))

    Replace Tag xxxx with Tag yyyy in all articles with Tag xxxx

    cedtag_2-6-1_maintenance-replace-tags

    Add Tag yyyy to all articles which have also Tag xxxx

    cedtag_2-6-1_maintenance-add-tags

    Remove Tag xxxx to all articles which have also Tag yyyy.

    cedtag_2-6-1_maintenance-remove-tags

    NEW:change position of tag in category view, blog view that you can set tags to appear after intro text (show after text before readmore button)

    NEW:version of extension is now displayed in administrator backend panel.

    NEW:Adding a&160; “Clear All” button in&160;&160; “TERM MANAGER” to remove all Tags and all

    &160;

    Bug Fixing

    fix 500 error

    This error is now solved for good, was in cedtag component SEF (Thanks to Signature Ltd)

    BUG: missing CSS style on ads top

    Miscellaneous

    The whole code has been validated using PHP code guidelines PSR-0/PSR-1/PSR-2

    &160;

    &160;

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

    You can download the latest version and just upgrade without any loss of data by reinstalling the package

    &160;

  • cedTag provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, Joomla categories.

    What’s NEW

    NEW: Adding a debug switch in administrator configuration area, this will write a file at logs/cedtag.php that contains some debug information that may be useful to spot difficult bugs,

    NEW:a new css file (/media/com_cedtag/css/blog.css) is added to the blog layout to give you more control on the rendering of top and bottom publicity,

    BUG cedtag was adding ul no matter if tags were available for the current article.

    BUG title of html page was not translated correctly and was displayed wrongly like this

    <title>%1$s items tagged with %2$s | created %3$s | Hits: %4$sjoomla | test</title>

    BUG solve cedtag: Warning: Missing argument 8 for plgContentCedTag::execute(), called in /htdocs/public/www/plugins/content/cedtag/cedtag.php on line 72 and
    defined in /htdocs/public/www/plugins/content/cedtag/cedtag.php on line 136 Fatal error: Call to a member function get()
    on a non-object in /htdocs/public/www/plugins/content/pagenavigation/pagenavigation.php on line 30

    &160;

    Features

    what are the features of cedtag? get an overview by reading http://cedtag.waltercedric.com

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

  • cedTags_for_joomla

    cedTag&160; has been released and it is still beta, it has been made available to gather feedback. Don’t use it in production or at your own risk. I plan to use it before the end of months on my site. I would love to hear what is missing, what you don’t like, how it can be better.

    A real free tag system for Joomla!

    Front end features

    • Show tags at the bottom of each article.
    • Tag list view
    • Tag blog view
    • Most popular tags.
    • Most hits tags.
    • Latest tags.
    • SEF support, compatible with sh404SEF,ARTIO JoomSEF,AceSEF
    • XMap Plugin
    • Language file support
    • Add/Edit tags
    • Compatible with JoomlFish
    • Search plugin.

    Back end features

    • Import Tags from Meta keywords
    • Import tags from 3rd party system
    • Term editable.
    • Batch term add.
    • Batch tag management.
    • Auto extractable tag.
    • Language file support
    • Template edit online.
    • Tags filter by section and category.
    • One click installation.

    User of Joomla Tags, just install this all in one package and select Import – Souce – Joomla Tags and click import to copy your data in the new table.

    cedTag a new Tag system for Joomla 2.5 (based on Joomla tags) is now deployed on my showcase

    http://demo-joomla-2.5.waltercedric.com/

    &160;

  • CedThumbnails has been updated to version 2.5.5 and contains 1 new features for both Joomla 1.7 and Joomla 2.5. For existing users the update will display in the Extensions Manager under Updates. If you do not have this currently installed, you can click the link below and install as normal via the Extensions Manager.

    What’s new?

    • Video Thumbnail Feature: Google Youtube video are now supported as thumbnails!
    • Administrator panel
    • Update server simplified

    Full list of changes available in GIT commit aa32de404c928f3bd0fc67d7b9302e236893fd48

  • robogeo.generate.google.map.jpg

    There is a trend on the camera market, people want now to tag their photo, not only by adding sound (micro can be found now on point and shot consumer camera), or letting the camera add EXIF embeded data ( Exchangeable Image File Format) into each pictures.
    Consumer always want more!, and with the arrival of Google Maps on the market, some years ago, It has not taken much time till users decide to add geoposition (with a GPS) to their pictures. While this feature can be found on some high end camera model (camera body > $10000, as an option it is quite pricey too), TomTom, Garmin and other consumer GPS are now able to provide a cheap and ready to go alternative.  A data logger is a device able to record periodically  latidutes, longitudes, altitude, date and time while yyou are on the road. It is now possible with some tools to merge pictures and files produced by GPS ad save new meta informations in EXIF data.

    Click Here for a live example

    Why use a data logger?

    • What itinerary did I travel yesterday?
    • When did I start driving today?
    • How long did It take to go from A to B and C in between?
    • Which is the current altitude and speed?
    • How can I remind precise positions?
    • When exactly I traveled there? 

    Combined with your favorite DSLR or point and shot camera

    • You take pictures but now can't remember the exact place of some of the  photos
    • With a software, you can then match the coordinates with the picture and you  like to see your pictures on a map. (Google map, Google Earth)

    Dedicated data logger

    Sony has started to sell a small device (Sony GPS-CS1KA), it cost $105 and do not use the latest SIRFstar III chipset, so don't expect much of it, old GPS chipsets are known to be slower to find satellites, have lower sensivity, do not work also well in city.
    Anyway here are the main characteristics:
    Sony.GPS-CS1KA

    • Keep track of your digital photos with satellite precision
    • Holds approximately 360 hours (31MB) of data
    • Records a location log every 15 seconds
    • Simple operation; no need for complex set up or connection, one button, two lights
    • Compatible with most digital still cameras; compliance with EXIF 2.1 or later
    • Small
    • 12-channel GPS with no screen.
    • The included software detects the unit and imports the GPS data. Another module detects attached cameras/MSD and imports the data
    Or you may want to buy a better dedicated data logger, Royaltek, Evermore, Gisteq or Globalsat are selling small device.

    Amod AGL3080 GPS Data Logger (SiRF III, Driverless, 128MB, Push to Log) (Windows and Mac Image Software included)
    EverMore GT-900BT Bluetooth Data Logger (SiRF III, Driverless, 120,000 Waypoints, Photo Software Included) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    GlobalSat BT-335 Bluetooth Data Logger (SiRF III, Download via Bluetooth) (Your Choice of Free Mount) (Free Ground Shipping)
    Royaltek RBT-2300 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS (SiRF III GSC3f/LP, WAAS, 650,000 Waypoints) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    Amod AGL3080 GPS Data Logger SiRF III, Driverless, 128MB, Push to Log EverMore GT-900BT Bluetooth Data Logger (SiRF III, Driverless, 120,000 Waypoints, Photo Software Included) GlobalSat BT-335 Bluetooth Data Logger SiRF III, Download via Bluetooth Royaltek RBT-2300 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS SiRF III GSC3f/LP, WAAS, 650,000 Waypoints
    Royaltek RGM-3800 GPS Data Logger (SiRF III GSC3f/LP, WAAS, 650,000 Waypoints)
    Qstarz BT-Q1000 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver (51 ch, Auto On/Off, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, 100,000 Waypoints) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    EverMore GT-600 Image Tracker
    i-Blue 747 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver (Auto On/Off, 32 ch, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, 16Mb Memory with Google Integration) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    Royaltek RGM-3800 GPS Data Logger SiRF III GSC3f/LP, WAAS, 650,000 Waypoints starz BT-Q1000 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver 51 ch, Auto On/Off, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, 100,000 Waypoints EverMore GT-600 Image Tracker i-Blue 747 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver Auto On/Off, 32 ch, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, 16Mb Memory with Google Integration
    GiSTEQ Bluetooth PhotoTrackr for Digital Camera (Bluetooth GPS Receiver and Photo Tracking Software Included) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr for Digital Camera (GPS Receiver and Photo Tracking Software Included)
    i.Trek Z1 BT Data Logger GPS Receiver (Solar, MTK 32 Ch, WAAS, Auto On/Off, Bluetooth, USB, Data Logger with Google Earth Integration) (Free GpsGate Utility) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    RoyalTek BlueGPS Mini Mobile Data-logger RBT-1100 for Windows, Pocket PC and Palm (Output to Google Earth) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    GiSTEQ Bluetooth PhotoTrackr for Digital Camera  GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr for Digital Camera  i.Trek Z1 BT Data Logger GPS Receiver Solar, MTK 32 Ch, WAAS, Auto On/Off, Bluetooth, USB, Data Logger with Google Earth Integration i-Blue 757 Pro Solar BT Data Logger GPS Receiver 
    Wintec WBT-201 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver (Auto on/off, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, Google Earth Integration with Photo) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    i-Blue 757 Pro Solar BT Data Logger GPS Receiver (Your Choice of Free Mount)
    GlobalSat DG-100 GPS Data Logger (SiRF III, USB, Push to Log, Google Earth Integration)
     
    Wintec WBT-201 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver Auto on/off, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, Google Earth Integration with Photo RoyalTek BlueGPS Mini Mobile Data-logger RBT-1100 for Windows, Pocket PC and Palm Output to Google Earth
    GlobalSat DG-100 GPS Data Logger SiRF III, USB, Push to Log, Google Earth Integration
     

    Price range are from $50 to $200, depending on brand, size, memory (number of points saved), chipset, number of chanels (ability to use more satellites at the sam time equal to more precision and sensivity) and export functionnality.

    Tom Tom Software data logger

    If by chance, you have a Tom Tom and are ready to take it in your holiday, look no further: Event_logger is the software you are looking for!
    Installation is straightforward, just dump all files to your SD CARD, and start your Tom Tom, as default the logging start. A text file (Event_Logger.txt) let you configure the software

    "Event_Logger is a tracking and logging application enhancingTom Tom GO. It can log Tom Tom GO events to Itinerary files that are managed by Tom Tom GO like any other native Itinerary created through the ordinary user interface; besides, Event_Logger can produce standard GPX XML files where events are represented as way points and the whole route is logged through a sequence of track points obtained by querying Tom Tom GO for location information at short periodical intervals";  from Event_Logger introduction

    On the plus side:
    • Work as expected.
    • Complete documentation.
    • Files are saved in directory /itn and use a standard file format (GPX)
    • Google map viewer in Internet Explorer (drag and drop file)
    • A Tom Tom will also show you the right way :-)
    Some issues:
    • Tom Tom battery lifetime, very limited especially if you are in a 8 hours trip, do not forget to set the Tom Tom contrast to the minimum
    • a XSL (transformation language) render the file directly in Internet Explorer but NOT in firefox as an activeX support is required to view the MAP.
    Example of GPX file

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" standalone="yes"?>
    <?xml-stylesheet href="gpx.xsl" type="text/xsl"?>
    <gpx
     version="1.0" creator="Event_Logger 7.1 - http://web.tiscali.it/macri/Event_Logger"
     xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0"
     xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0/gpx.xsd">
     <name>END Thursday 15 November 2007 22:43:42</name>
     <desc>(Waypoints are missing in this track)</desc>
     <author>amacri</author><email>This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.</email>
     <url>http://web.tiscali.it/macri/Event_Logger</url><urlname>Event_Logger 7.1</urlname>
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" standalone="yes"?>
    <?xml-stylesheet href="gpx.xsl" type="text/xsl"?>
    <gpx  version="1.0" creator="Event_Logger '"$VERSION"' - http://web.tiscali.it/macri/Event_Logger"
     xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0"
     xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/0/gpx.xsd">
    <trk><name>Thursday 15 November 2007 21:37:01</name><cmt>Started</cmt><desc>Gablerstrasse 40-41, Zürich</desc><trkseg>
    <trkpt lat="42.35860" lon="6.52764"><ele>450.0</ele><time>2007-11-15T19:37:01Z</time><course>0.0</course><speed>0.0</speed><fix>3d</fix>
    <sat>3</sat><hdop>2.3</hdop></trkpt>
    <trkpt lat="47.35859" lon="6.52767"><ele>450.0</ele><time>2007-11-15T19:37:08Z</time><course>62.0</course><speed>0.0</speed><fix>3d</fix>
    <sat>3</sat><hdop>2.3</hdop></trkpt>
    <trkpt lat="42.35859" lon="6.52769"><ele>450.0</ele><time>2007-11-15T19:37:11Z</time><course>62.0</course><speed>0.0</speed><fix>3d</fix>
    <sat>3</sat><hdop>2.3</hdop></trkpt>
    <trkpt lat="42.35858" lon="8.52770"><ele>450.0</ele><time>2007-11-15T19:37:15Z</time><course>62.0</course><speed>0.0</speed><fix>3d</fix>
    <sat>3</sat><hdop>2.3</hdop></trkpt>
    <trkpt lat="42.35861" lon="8.52750"><ele>450.0</ele><time>2007-11-15T19:37:21Z</time><course>62.0</course><speed>0.56</speed><fix>3d</fix>
    <sat>3</sat><hdop>2.3</hdop></trkpt>
    <trkpt lat="42.35848" lon="8.52719"><time>2007-11-15T19:37:27Z</time><course>339.0</course><speed>4.72</speed><fix>none</fix></trkpt>
    </gpx></trkseg></trk></gpx>


    Garmin data logger

    Garmin is able to create NMEA (The ASCII data stream received from navigation equipment (such as GPS receivers) conforming to the NMEA 0182 Version 2.0 specification.) file out the box, you do not have to install anything and can jump to next to "Viewing your trip"

    Using a data logger with your camera/camcorder

    They are all  quite easy to use,  start both device and check that the time are more or less in sync, so that both date and time are very near together. That's all! We just need now to use a software to mix pictures, video and GPX/NMEA file together.

    Viewing your trip

    Basically what you need to find is a GPX viewer. there is a lot available online (use Google :-)), here are some I've used

    Geo tagging your pictures/video

    Sony picture motion browser tag automatically pictures and video, but this tool is checking prior to installation that you have a genuine sony camera/camcorder.The next tool I've found is named: RoboGeo

    RoboGeo ($35) has a very easy to use step by step menu n the left side of the main windows. The most interesting functionnality for me is the ability to create Google Map web pages with icons that show where each picture was taken. When these icons are clicked, additional info about the picture is displayed along with the option of viewing the full size image. It is really worth the money.
    robogeo.step1.gif robogeo.step2.gif robogeo.step3.gif

    And the Map you'll get in Google Map with the above GPX file (the demo version of RoboGeo add random coordinate as long as it is not registered, that's why some point are in the lake of Zürich). When these icons are clicked, additional info about the picture is displayed along with the option of viewing the full size image.
    robogeo.generate.google.map.jpg

    GPSTagr site which allows people with a GPS Track log in GPX format to upload their log, authorize the application site to modify their images, search for images with relevant timestamps, manually exclude images from geotagging - then process the net list of your flickr images against the GPX track log. Picasa (Free) let your tag picture one at a time, it open Google Earth and wait for You to click on the map. Not very useful if you have many pictures and a GPX file for matching them. It is still avery good tools for viewing and organizing thousands of pictures.

    RedHen  is a free download that synchronizes the  GPS log files with just about any digital camera's standard EXIF datafile. RedHen can drop icons onto a Google Earth map-  Make sure you save the new "Spatial Media" folder in the "My Places" folder so your images are available next time you open Google Earth.
  • Some people are trying to redefine freedom, and limit our liberty; but  they loose miserably...

    A US federal judge has ruled against antitrust claims that the General Public Licence promotes unfair competition, and in doing so has promoted its cause.

    On Monday, US Federal Judge John Daniel Tinder, dismissed the Sherman Act antitrust claims brought against the Free Software Foundation.

    The claims made by Plaintiff Daniel Wallace included: that the General Public License (GPL) constituted a contract, combination or conspiracy; that it created an unreasonable restraint of trade; and that the FSF conspired with IBM, Red Hat, Novell and other individuals to pool and cross-license their copyrighted intellectual property in a predatory price fixing scheme.

    ....


    Read more here
     
  • The version 8.0rc2 is available here
    FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.

  • Freemind.for.joomla.logo 

    Freemind for Joomla is a content plugin that easily display mindmap in your articles

    Version 1.2.1

    NEW: Logging is working is debug mode (written to /logs/plg_freemind.php)
    NEW:  New applet using java if you don not like flash (the flash applet is way nicer)
    NEW: Tested with Freemind 0.8.1 and 0.9RC7
    NEW: Add documentation in administrator plugin panel with links to wiki, forums, download

    Support: If you require support for this component please visit the Support Forums.

    Documentation: Official documentation available at Cédric Walter Wiki.

    Do you like this extension? Rate it at Joomla Extension Directory (JED)

    Download Visit the version manager HERE

    Always use the latest version subscribe to the download RSS feed-icon-14x14[26]

  •  GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

    Version 2.2.10 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is now available. This is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series and it contains a new splash screen to celebrate the 10 anniversary today of GIMP.

    Windows binary can be grab here while linux version are available at the main site

     And because I was searching for a long time an alternative to Frontpage (I have an old version of 1997!) and/or Dreamweaver  which is open source and  WYSIWYG, I am very pleased to use since 2 weeks now, NVU: A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. Make a try You won't regret it :-)

  •  GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages (77).

    Version 2.4 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is now available.

    The release note contains the list of new features and some nice screenshots. You can download this semi professional tool at no charge

    GIMP  run on any NT-based version of Windows (NT4, 2000, XP or Vista download HERE), and also on Macintosh  (download HERE)
    Windows binary can be grab here while linux version are available at the main site

    Some useful links to finish this small blog post GIMP Documentation

  • The Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies, developed Android: the first complete, open, and free mobile platform. To help developers get started developing new applications, we're offering the Android Software Development Kit.

    ANDROID is now OPEN SOURCE software

    At http://source.android.com/download they describes how to set up your local work environment, how to use GIT to get the Android files, and how to build the files on your machine. The source is approximately 2.1GB in size.

    Try android emulator for FREE

    free.android.emulator&160;

    Important links:

    • How does Open source and Linux look like? A complete listing of Linux and Open Source screenshot is available at  OSDIR
    • A quoi ressemble l'open source et linux en général?  une liste complète de copie d'écran des logiciels Linux open-source est disponible sur OSDIR


  • MySQL is a multithreaded, multi-user, SQL (Structured Query Language) Database Management System (DBMS) with an estimated six million installations. MySQL AB makes MySQL available as open source software / free software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), but they also sell it under traditional commercial licensing arrangements for cases where the intended use is incompatible with use of the GPL. [Wikipedia]

    MySQl is powering a lot of open source application all over the world (for example my homepage with Joomla CMS, phpnuke, postnuke...), a lot of internet provider let you define at least 1 to 5 database.
    MySQL 5.0 is the most significant product upgrade in the company's ten-year history, and the list of new features is impressive and futhfill a lot of requirementsfrom small to middle complexity applications
     

    Wineis a project to allow a PC running a Unix-like operating system and the X Window System to run x86 programs for Microsoft Windows. Alternately, those wishing to port a Windows application to a Unix-like system can compile it against the Wine libraries. The name was derived from the recursive acronym "Wine Is Not an Emulator" (it implements a compatibility layer), although some have used the unofficial expansion "Windows Emulator". Although the forms "WINE" and "wine" of the name are sometimes used, the developers have agreed on the now correct "Wine". [Wikipedia]

    Note I have personally already tested following major tools (which I can not live without) under my SuSE box: XMLspy, Beyond compare, HP49 emulator without any pain using a daily build of WINE(beginn of 2005)

    This is release 0.9 ofWine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. After 12 years of development, this release marks the beginning of the beta testing phase. Everybody is encouraged to try it; while there are still bugs, most applications are expected to at least install and do something useful. from release 0.9 anouncement

  • Another tool that open source community can be proud: INKSCAPE

    Inkscape is an open source drawing tool with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses theW3C standardscalable vector graphicsformat (SVG). Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supportsCreative Commons meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

    Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional planned work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and the establishment of a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.

    To be convinced by the quality of operations performed by inkscape, a look at the screenshots section is invaluable.  As usual in the open soure world, the code has been made to be highly portable, understand that inkscape is available for download for Linux, MacOsx and windows...
    For any "Bitmap only" operations on pictures files, I recommend to use the complementary open source Tool GIMP 

  • shaunthesheep_google_chrome_3d_css

    The latest version of a Chrome browser show its muscle in version 12 (just restart your chrome browser to get this new version), major new features

    • Hardware accelerated 3D CSS
    • New measures to prevent malware and phishing attempts

    Watch Shaun and his friends' antics in clips from "An Ill Wind", "Snowed In", "The Big Chase", and "Twos Company" through an interactive experiment created with hardware-accelerated HTML5 video, 3D CSS Transforms, and WebM. Use the controls to expand and shrink the video, rotate the scene, bring up a rotating carousel of videos, turn on puddle reflection, and navigate between videos in a snap.

    HTML5 and CSS make these advanced functionalities (and more!) a part of the modern web standard, and allow developers and artists to create immersive, imaginative experiences for everyone to enjoy.

    http://www.chromeexperiments.com/shaunthesheep

    Google is really pushing the web and they show it nicely.

    I am also a fan of Wallace & Gromit as well Smile